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Bridgeport Barista Bests The Rest In Fairfield Latte Art Throwdown

Java junkies made the scene at the first-ever Latte Art Throwdown at Fairfield's Shearwater Coffee Bar.
Java junkies made the scene at the first-ever Latte Art Throwdown at Fairfield's Shearwater Coffee Bar. Photo Credit: Contributed
A perfect tulip design reigned supreme in the first-ever latte art throwdown at Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield.
A perfect tulip design reigned supreme in the first-ever latte art throwdown at Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Some artists work in oils; others, in clay.

Andrew Parker prefers a freshly poured latte.

And the Source Coffeehouse barista’s singular vision and precise technique vaulted him to the top of the pack of coffee crafters in the first-ever latte art throwdown at Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield.

There were four elimination rounds in the battle, in which dual competitors randomly picked the size — macchiato, cortado, cappuccino or latte — and design — heart, tulip, rosetta or swan — of their creations.

Participants included baristas from Shearwater, Tusk and Cup and Bridgeport’s Source, as well as independent local contenders. The judges included food and travel writer Gina Zammit and New England foodie instagrammer Natalie Scherbaum.

Parker took top honors with his picture-perfect latte with tulip design.

The next battle goes down Sept. 14 at Shearwater, 1215 Post Road.

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